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The Woodbridge E-News is your direct link to all of the news, events, programs and happenings in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey. 

Just around the corner is another year of spectacular Township events! We're putting the final touches on an exciting line-up for the Mayor's Summer Concert series:  Monday Night ‘Doo Wop & Oldies!’   Tribute Band Tuesday!  Woodbridge Wednesday concerts at Parker Press Park!  Local Band Thursday at Tanzman Park (across from the Woodbridge NJT Train Station)!  Friday Jazz in Avenel!  Country Sunday at Parker Press Park!  Music-On-Main Street!  Tooling Around the Township ‘Builds & Repairs’ on Sat., April 28.  Plan to shop the Summer Farmers Market.  Don’t forget about the Barron Arts Center’s concerts, exhibits and the annual BarronFest Art Festival.  Taste of Woodbridge arrives in October... and there is much, much more to come.  

Visit us at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for all of the Woodbridge events, programs and happenings.

See You Around Town
Mayor John E. McCormac

‘Have-A-Heart’ Food Drive Collects $30,000 & 25,000 Lbs. 

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The Colonia Business Community reports to Robert Mascenik School #26 in Iselin to drop-off $6,000.00 to the ‘Have-A-Heart’ food drive campaign.

Mayor John E. McCormac reports that the 2018 Woodbridge Township ‘Have-A-Heart’ food drive collected $30,000.00 in cash donations and more than 25,000 pounds of non-perishable food to support local food pantries in their work to aid needy families throughout Woodbridge Township.   

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The 3rd Grade students at School #26 contributed 700 pounds of non-perishable foods to the ‘Have-A-Heart’ food drive.

The annual ‘Have-A-Heart’ food drive - so named because it runs through Valentine’s Day - is launched each January by the Woodbridge Department of Health & Human Services and the We Feed Woodbridge Food Bank Foundation.  The ‘Have-A-Heart’ food drive, established in 1995, works with area food pantries, churches, parishes, schools and community and senior organizations to replenish and restock food pantries.  This year, the ‘Have-A-Heart’ food drive issued a “2/14” challenge to Township corporate offices, businesses, retail outlets, food stores, restaurants and hospitality industry, charitable organizations and residents to donate 214 pounds of food or contribute $214 to assist food pantries continue their work in providing food and meals to less fortunate residents and the homeless.  .  

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St. Vianney School Social Action Club Students ready food donations for ‘Have-A-Heart.’

More than 100 Township corporations, businesses, retail outlets, school students, charitable organizations and residents contributed to the 2018 ‘Have-A-Heart’ food drive.  Significant contributors include:  Colonia Business Community (CBC): $6,000.00 and 700 Lbs.; Sansone Foundation: $5,000.00; Wegmans of Woodbridge: 1,000 Lbs.; Woodbridge ShopRite: 1,000 Lbs.; RSI Bank: $2,500.00; Northfield Bank: $2,140.00; Bishop George Ahr High School: 1,200 Lbs.; Woodbridge Community Center: 1,000 Lbs. and St. Anthony of Padua Church: 1,000 Lbs.

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Avenel Middle School Students Support ‘Have-A-Heart’ Food Drive.

The year-round effort to keep Woodbridge Township food banks stocked continues with food donations being part of every election and Township-sponsored event such as the Woodbridge Wednesday concerts on Main Street, the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series, the Barron Arts Center summer programs and concerts, and other Township-sponsored public events.  Non-perishable foods can be dropped off any weekday at the Woodbridge Township Public Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Additional food drop-off locations are at Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main Street, the Woodbridge Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza, or at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street. 


JJ Bitting Brewing Co. Charity Chili Cook-off "Heats-Up" on Sun., March 4

The 11th Annual Woodbridge Township Charity Chili Cook-off ‘heats-up’ on Sun., March 4, 2018 at JJ Bitting Brewing Co., 33 Main Street, in Downtown Woodbridge from Noon - 2:00 PM. Think your chili recipe is the best in Woodbridge? Enter your chili in the cook-off for an afternoon of fun, friendly competition and the chance to win a cash prize! NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER!!!  Applications can be picked up at JJ Bitting Brewing Co., Woodbridge Community Center and Town Hall. Don't have a chili recipe? No problem! Spend the afternoon sampling the best chili and local brew Woodbridge has to offer! Contact Eileen Caggiano at: (732) 596-4048 or e-mail: eileen.caggiano@twp.woodbridge.nj.us or visit www.njbrewpubs.com.  The Heat is on Us!!!!  All proceeds donated to a Woodbridge Charitable Cause.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Set for March 11

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The 45th Annual Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration gets underway on Sun., March 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM with the presentation of Proclamations to the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade honorees followed by the raising of the Irish Flag at Woodbridge Town Hall (1 Main Street). The St. Patrick’s Day Parade - sponsored by the American Irish Association of Woodbridge – steps-off at 1:30 PM from Woodbridge High School, moves to Freeman Street, onto Linden Avenue, to Amboy Ave. (Route 35) to Main Street, concluding in front of Town Hall.  Enjoy more than 80 marching units, including traditional Irish Pipe Bands and Step Dancers, Irish-themed parade floats and displays, marching bands representing Woodbridge, Colonia and JFK high schools, Woodbridge Township First Responders, Fire Departments, First Aid and Emergency Response Squads, members of Woodbridge scouting organizations and community, civic, sports and neighborhood associations.  Erin go Braugh!!!!

“Music on Main” Presents:  Aaron Lee Tasjan & Dylan LeBlanc... Sat., March 3 

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The popular ‘Music on Main Street’ concert series returns with ‘Aaron Lee Tasjan & Dylan LeBlanc’...  LIVE ‘In Concert’ on Sat., March 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM at The Theatre @ Woodbridge Middle School. ‘Music on Main Street’ - presented by Mayor John E. McCormac, the Woodbridge Township Department of Recreation and the Woodbridge Committee for the Arts - features top-name entertainment performing an incredible line-up of folk, rock, blues, soul, jazz, and more!!!  Advance tickets are available on-line at: www.WoodbridgeArtsNJ.org

Historical Association of Woodbridge Presents:  Martha, Our First Lady

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The Historical Association of Woodbridge Township presents:  MARTHA, OUR FIRST LADY - an insightful account of Martha Washington and her role in history presented by Irene Parke Custis Pearse.  Join the Historical Association on Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 at 7:00PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Rahway Avenue.  The program is FREE.

Attention Senior Residents:  Need Help with 2017 Tax Forms

Are you a Woodbridge Senior?  Need help preparing your 2017 taxes? The Woodbridge Township Multi-Service Program on Aging and the AARP will offer "FREE" assistance to Senior residents to prepare 2017 Income Tax & Property Tax Relief forms.  Tax preparation services are now available on Monday’s and Wednesday’s only.  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. Call (732)726-6262 to schedule your appointment. Tax assistance will take place at the Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza, in Woodbridge.  File & Feed!!!  In exchange for our services, we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the Woodbridge food pantries.  Check the Woodbridge Township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for additional information on the tax preparation assistance program.

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Planning on shopping the best Woodbridge Buy Local stores this weekend???  Looking to find out what’s 
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Recycling in Woodbridge Just Got Easier!!!  Download the “MyWaste” APP!!! It’s FREE & Easy!!! 

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The “MyWaste” APP puts trash and recycling collection schedules, special collection information and more right at your fingertips!!!  “MyWaste” is Woodbridge Township’s Recycling & Solid Waste Internet ePortal and Smartphone APP featuring the 2018 Sanitation & Recycling Calendar customized to your address.  Search the ‘What Goes Here?’ database for specific recycling instructions. Plan to drop-off Household Hazardous waste at the Keasbey Recycling & Convenience Center.  Find out when the document shredding truck is in town!!!  Drop-off unwanted prescription drugs at the Police Department in Town Hall.  Report a ‘Waste Problem’ or send comments & suggestions through the APP.  The MyWaste APP download is FREE and is available by going to: www.my-waste.mobi.  Select the icon link either to the iPhone/iPad or Android APP store.  Or visit the Woodbridge Township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for more information.


Bulk Waste

The annual Spring Clean-Up & Bulk Waste curbside collection program is now easier and more convenient than ever - instead of the complicated curbside pick-up schedule that ran from April through June, we’re now offering every residential household a ONE-TIME PER YEAR FREE BULK WASTE PICK-UP.  The revised bulk waste collection program is more convenient for resident homeowners and allows the Department of Public Works to better manage bulk waste collection.  All you need to do is call the Department of Public Works Sanitation Office at: 732-738-1311 x3600 – the staff will provide the details about the ONE-TIME PER YEAR FREE BULK WASTE PICK-UP and get you on the schedule. 


It’s All About Health & Wellness at the WCC... Explore the Benefits of Membership


Explore the health & wellness benefits of a WCC membership!!!   WCC membership packages are available in all shapes and sizes.  Check out the “Family Membership” or an “Individual Membership.”  Join today and receive a FREE WCC gift with your new membership!!!  We’re betting that you’ll discover that the WCC is the perfect place for family fun, fitness and connection.   


The WCC is at the leading edge of what’s hot in the health, wellness and fitness industry – WCC members are getting in shape with the popular LesMills Group Effect exercise classes and personal training program.  The WCC also offers a full aquatics program with swim lessons for all ages, a competitive swim team, roller and ice skating lessons, ice hockey, open skate sessions, weight and aerobic center, personal training & fitness programs, a full-court gymnasium, basketball court, indoor track, and so much more.

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Now Playing:  WB Weekend Events 

Bowl a thon

Here’s what’s on the event calendar for the weekend... Support the fight to end Muscular Dystrophy.  Join the Woodbridge Township Firefighters IAFF Local 290 for their ‘Bowl-A-Thon’ on Sat., Feb. 24 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Woodbridge Bowling Center.  $20.00 per bowler.  Call 732-882-3447 for details.

The Avenel Knights of Columbus (109 Morrisey Avenue, Avenel) Fish Fry is serving every Friday Night from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.  Stop by for the best fish in town! 

School News & Events

There are many events and happenings every weekend in Woodbridge that focus on our schools, extra-curricular activities and student events.  The E-News encourages residents, parents, students and visitors to support the various school-related activities and events - without community sponsorship, many of the student programs, events and activities would not be able to take place.  Plan to attend.


Woodbridge Public Library (WPL) Presents:  FREE SAT/ACT Test Prep Course.  Sat. Feb. 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Main Library.  Registration Opens Feb. 2, 2018.

MON., FEB. 26, 2018
Superintendent’s Drug Abuse Prevention Parent Forum.  6:30 PM.  Woodbridge High School.
TUES., FEB. 27, 2018
JFK Memorial High School Presents:  “Beauty & The Beast.’  Special performance for Senior Residents.  4:00 – 6:00 PM at JFK High School auditorium.
WED., FEB. 28, 2018
Evening with Young Poets.  Readings at 6:30 PM.  Colonia Middle School.
THURS., MARCH 1 & FRI., MARCH 2, 2018
JFK Memorial High School Presents:  “Beauty & The Beast.’  Performance at 7:00 PM.  JFK High School auditorium.

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